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Egg bill sponsor Schrader working on gathering support

Schrader enlisting House colleagues to again move ahead on legislation regulating animal welfare standards for egg production.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.), who introduced a bill in early 2012 establishing federal standards for the welfare of egg-laying hens, said he is again working with colleagues in hopes of advancing legislation this year.

Schrader introduced the bill which was part of a joint agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) designed to avoid the piecemeal state regulations and laws regarding animal housing restrictions for egg production.

Schrader said he's trying to reenlist cosponsors and working with counterparts on the Senate side to do the same.

The egg bill triggered deep reservations from many other livestock groups who feared the deal would set up national welfare regulations that would not be in the best interest of their industries.

"I respect that other industries are worried," Schrader told Feedstuffs in an exclusive interview. "But the egg industry asked for this."

Schrader added that hopefully some of the issues that at first appeared to be controversial would lose the sensationalism and nervousness and people would understand the egg bill "makes sense," he said.  

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